Bill Berkowitz

Bill Berkowitz, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus



Berkowitz’s graduate & undergraduate teaching (“Teaching is a first love”) has focused on community and social psychology.

Research Interests

His particular research and practice interests are in local community development and the strengthening of local community life.


B.A., Cornell University

Ph.D., Stanford University


He has taught at UMass Lowell part-time since 1974, and full-time from 1997-2003, during which time he served as Graduate Program Coordinator for several years. He continues to teach and participate in Department activities. 

His four books deal with skills, ideas, and personal qualities relating to community organization and improvement. His publications have also appeared in the Encyclopedia of Psychology and the Handbook of Community Psychology, as well in more popular publications such as The Futurist and Parade.

Among Berkowitz’s current activities are a detailed multi-method research investigation of neighborhood life, focusing on the suburban communities where more than half the U.S. population lives. He is also a writer, editor, and core team member of the Community Tool Box, at, the most extensive web site on community health and development now in existence. His background in addition includes extensive experience as a community program administrator and consultant. Berkowitz, Ph.D. is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and a recipient of its award for Distinguished Contributions to Practice in Community Psychology.